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Alaska home half-submerged in flood disaster hits the market for $400K

A home that has been half-submerged in a glacial flood has hit the market for $400,000.
A home that has been half-submerged in a glacial flood has hit the market for $400,000.

Call this some really honest advertising.

A home in Alaska has surfaced for sale with an eye-popping price tag of $400,000 — despite being mostly swept away in a devastating flood. And the listing images show the shocking aftermath.

This property, located at 4409 Riverside Dr. in Juneau, is now a shell of its former self, with the most jarring marketing image showing more than half of the home collapsed into a pit.

That said, the unusual offering has since attracted curious onlookers and raised eyebrows across the internet.

The listing appears normal from this angle. RE/MAX of Juneau
The listing appears normal from this angle. RE/MAX of Juneau
But as you click through the listing photos, you soon come to realize a big portion of the residence has collapsed. RE/MAX of Juneau
But as you click through the listing photos, you soon come to realize a big portion of the residence has collapsed. RE/MAX of Juneau

The saga began when eagle-eyed TikTok user @sierrakatherinee stumbled upon the listing, initially perplexed by its hefty price tag.

“I’m just sitting looking at this house. I’m like, ‘How is it 1: only one bedroom and only one bathroom, and 2: if it’s just one bedroom, one bathroom, why do you want $400,000 from me?'” Sierra said in the viral video.

But it wasn’t until she delved deeper into the listing’s photos that the true extent of the damage became apparent.

“The whole back of the mothaf–king house is gone,” she said. “By this angle you would never know… it is gone, washed away.”

Indeed, what Sierra uncovered was a grim reality — a significant portion of the property had succumbed to the relentless force of nature during a catastrophic flood triggered by a glacial collapse last August.

The result: A home that had been reduced from a spacious 3,300 square feet with four bedrooms and three bathrooms to a mere 800 square feet, clinging precariously to the riverbank.

TikToker Sierra expressed her shock at the listing. TikTok
TikToker Sierra expressed her shock at the listing. TikTok
A drone view shows the house collapsing into the river due to glacial floods in Juneau on Aug. 5, 2023. @twowildhearts via REUTERS
A drone view shows the house collapsing into the river due to glacial floods in Juneau on Aug. 5, 2023. @twowildhearts via REUTERS
A layout of the portion of the home still remaining. RE/MAX of Juneau
A layout of the portion of the home still remaining. RE/MAX of Juneau

Rob Barr, the deputy city manager of Juneau, confirmed the dire situation, stating that “a handful” of residences in the area were “significantly undermined” and at risk of collapse due to the flooding.

The calamity was caused by a rupture in the Suicide Basin, unleashing torrents of water into the Mendenhall Lake and River, plunging the Alaskan capital into chaos.

Despite its dilapidated state, the listing description tries to spin the property as an “investment opportunity,” highlighting the salvageable elements like the apartment and garage, which remain standing and “in relatively good shape.”

A curtain has been put up as a shield from the other half of the home that washed away in the flood. RE/MAX of Juneau
A curtain has been put up as a shield from the other half of the home that washed away in the flood. RE/MAX of Juneau
Multiple homes have collapsed during the floods. TikTok / @mari0deplumber
Multiple homes have collapsed during the floods. TikTok / @mari0deplumber

However, it’s clear that extensive repairs and demolition work are required before any semblance of habitability can be achieved.

“Although this home is condemned … the apartment and garage remain standing in relatively good shape while the remaining collapsed home is in need of removal,” the listing says.

Marty McKeown with Re/Max of Juneau, the real estate agent handling the listing, has presented the property “as-is” and is urging potential buyers to tread cautiously.